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get are sometimes you see a story and it seems so for life you think you understand it and then he glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm sorry welcome to the big picture. on. a very warm welcome to you this is your news today protesters on the wall some friends they have. ladies and gentlemen good chance because it's a good book for example the status of the human experiments gets a little. weakness to hold the business rap music awards it just goes to the least
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twice a sensible global economy and its all came slings us financial to the researchers clamoring to maintain our confidence in long kids and taking on the british wants to be seen trade imbalances with the nations close to collapsing a sub prime loan full close homespun. some fail circlet banks again feel a little like think is a us crisis sentiment. feeling seeing flames is like christmas in the clubs in athens greece the i.m.f. split on just programs increase the total economy. by forty acres and nineteen ninety three and the side it would be
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a great place to find themselves a home and retire. i am fifty generation my great great grandfather homesteaded here. let's go let's go to the gates that way was filled with what he wanted no more oil dope zero long gone. we have three hundred in a valley and come down on the high country there and currently beautiful. i'm a fourth generation writer when i was middle dad would let me have and cows out of the earth so i can mold her. and my favorite things is the red winged blackbirds let's use the honey honey the red winged blackbirds are back you know. this has been my
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favorite place i've ever lived in my life say representatives is one your you have called injured playing every regular senate house the explosions in a direction president clinton is good there's a great resampled countries a clean border thirty six billion dollars are going to travel costs twenty dollars a roll call a snug little room for six dollars and there she is. we call it our new neighbor favor nine o seven. we are in split a. state's situation where we are on the surface and someone else owns the mineral rights and what happens in colorado and i think in most western states is the mineral rights. are dominant. law and mineral extraction goes back hundreds of years that says the mineral older guy has
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a right to extract that mineral and to a certain extent can extract it and impact the surface without compensation. we have seventy acres here and i can't convince them that they need to drill somewhere besides two hundred feet from our house. the energy policy has been to drill drill drill drill some more era very strong industry they've got a tremendous amount of political influence and an awful lot of money. as a civil servant i spoke out. but it's difficult to do this and because you feel constantly that you're risking your job and your family's future. but.
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i don't. think you're right. as i sat there and looked out my window and i back yard all i could think was there's no way i can stay out of this i'm sitting here with all of the right resources these people need help. or problems before we do the right. training. and they're motivated by profits and unfortunately are motivated by short term profits they don't take that long for. for time this is you cannot hear unless you come out here and live in my house for a week. i have no rights.
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the rocky mountains are seeing an unprecedented in oil and gas drilling. montana wyoming colorado new mexico utah the boom is happening all over the country there is oil and gas operations in thirty two states right now but the rocky mountain states are really seeing the vast majority of the expansion. and it's overflowing into communities where people are seeing this right in their backyards. but i'll show you her they wanted to put this location in one of the first. places that they wanted to put it surprise you say we have three well out there you don't have in the city. split estates situation it is when somebody who the surface of their land does not own their resources that are underneath their land for example oil and gas
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or other minerals a private person could own a house with land and the federal government or another private individual might on the resources under it the person who owns the oil and gas has rights to access that oil and gas which means that whoever owns the surface probably can't control what happens on their own property. in the middle a mile fell field i believe this this they represent their outer boundary. of their . just guessing that it would be about two hundred feet from our house which is all for porters because we say we don't want the smell and they say well i'd rather smell like yes. this is you're crazy if you can't get sick from smelling life you feel so helpless you know. displeases state is a concept that dates back to when the english king reserved his rights to gold and
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silver deposits despite who owned the land as america was homesteaded the government continue the tradition of this kind of separate ownership. don't worry for one minute that anything is off one hundred fifty feet away from your house when i have times i've been through the barrack so fall over winter we see this look on people's faces and they get that look and i say wait a minute that can't be right that's not fair that can't be but it is that's the way it is this is an active drilling rig near a small house showing just how close the tin can be and how large the pad is during drilling a site can cover several acres with ford is reduced to a smaller pad for the producing well. today with cries for more domestic oil and gas production. energy companies have been aggressively leasing mineral rights so that they can drill beneath both private and public lands all over the rocky
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mountain west this industry has been expanding dramatically tens of thousands of new wells across the region in colorado we've had about thirty thousand wells and we expect another thirty thousand in the next five or six years for decades the oil and gas industry has lobbied to create a regulatory climate which has paved the way for the current drilling boom that in two thousand after the bush cheney election there was a dramatic excel aeration and drilling activity both had received large contributions from oil and gas interests and the vice president had been the chief executive of. a major player in the drilling industry. the needs of our growing economy also means expanding our domestic production of oil and natural gas which are vital fuel for transportation electricity and manufacturing whatever. alternative sources and for conserving energy and that's part of our plan the
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reality is the loss of. one hundred percent of our transportation needs many democrats fought the bush cheney energy policy they felt they were shut out of the process of developing nations approach to energy this administration is aghast at all i would ministration for and so there they are wedded to an old policy they're wedded to a twentieth century policy where we need a twenty first century policy to have the bush administration to almost it's a very tough and they aren't sympathetic they're making very serious mistakes because they talk to themselves and the energy companies and only themselves in the energy companies we don't know what other provisions may have that special interest provisions. that are easy to add in when you're writing when. these bills in secret in two thousand and five the administration's energy bill passed with support from members of both political parties it provided the gas and oil industry billions of
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dollars in subsidies tax breaks and research money sixty five percent of the current subsidies go to gas and oil and you have this imbalance we ought to have sixty five percent or more eighty percent ought to be going to alternative renewable technology to energy efficiency the energy bill makes practical reforms to the oil and gas permitting process to encourage new exploration after years of debate and division. congress passed a good bill. it all began here for us twenty five years ago when my husband moved here and then i moved here eighteen years ago. arlen and i were married in one thousand nine
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hundred eighty eight i was a pharmaceutical chemist for many years. my husband is a civil engineer with a specialty in water and he is retired a few years ago we ran into some real problems with the oil and gas industry because they have begun drilling here in canada oil and gas contacted us in the early spring of two thousand and four with the proposal that they would put wells on our land and we began negotiating a surface use agreement with them and we negotiated for nine months and the bulldozer showed up one day and began ripping and tearing before we had signed a surface use agreement. the regulations require that oil and gas companies consult with landowners before drilling if the landowner doesn't agree to the terms the company proposes it can post a bond with the state go on to the land and drill anyway that's what happened to
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the bells. when we first just i asked the seller about the mineral rights and he said he didn't have them to sell eighty five percent of land owners in colorado do not own the rights to the minerals under their land until you get on the federal property and i think it is private interests that all human rights all through here once a year on the forests or be away on the course of the government garfield county located high in the colorado rockies was always a quiet lure area for its residents. but in the one nine hundred ninety s. things started to change. gas in oil drilling began to boom and development has expanded dramatically each year when i first came to colorado twenty seven years ago the energy production was for oil and the time that there was the synthetic fuels corporation and it was all about oil shale natural gas and they didn't have
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high points for it and so they were trying to figure out what to do with all the natural gas and there was a lot of there was no use for a little time and now natural gas is the biggest thing that's going on in leicester in colorado. there's no in canada leases in here cross roads build very corp and over there on pain acre spacing for me are really what you're looking for and you knew how many wells were on prayer i bet you could see three four hundred wells. you're standing right over a pipeline right here by the way. right where we're staying and we had a spill. be you see over my head here we've got the neighbor's wells that are all three forum over there and that stack closest to the blue one day it
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look like old faithful had over there the separators paraffin out all over the path and on over into a good number of acres of our pastor and that paraffin was laced with chemicals hydrocarbons of various kinds we were concerned it would contaminate and did. and the grasses were heavy and dry and whatnot so we used to burn the direction right in our winds along with it so we would get it it's water. totals operates about ten thousand wells on here in the basin which is. an incredible number of wells to try and manage on a daily basis and so it as
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a simple example we do well over the years and look at what our well should be delivering if we spend five minutes per well. it takes about nine months to go through that process everything below us down here is our mental and. if you get up on the big harris base of branches those branches are just littered with wells approximately five hundred all told. in now with the new wells in that they have proved will go for mobile five hundred two. hundred within the next twenty years we drill that average of about three hundred fifty new wells per year when you take colorado side and include that we think that conical philips has probably another ten thousand wells there where you will drill in the basin over the next forty years. sharply increased drilling on gilbert r. mentions ranch is typical of what has happened to vast expanses of northern new
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mexico land. a satellite image shows the crisscrossing patterns of access roads and wells extending for hundreds of miles across some one county and north west new mexico. the land surface has been called up so bad that i can't recognize it from the first time i saw. the ranch lands of san juan county aren't the only areas inundated by drilling rigs . in the towns near gilbert are meant as land there are a wills everywhere in neighborhoods and near schools. gas industry has been here for fifteen plus years and we do drill in populated areas you can go out here. a couple hundred yards from this office and find
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a pretty decent well congo phillips is the largest producer in the san juan basin and they look at the total between our work force directly and indirectly for the forest it's about a person the local population so we're a very large employer in the basin. industry has brought jobs and money to the. but for gilbert our mentor the price is pretty much too high. and this gate will be the gate to enter into my property the old company had me completely locked out for two and a half years and the only way they would give me a key. is if i agreed to keep the gate locked at all times. illness three has the mentality that. it's all theirs and don't belong to nobody else. and that's what they tell us when they come off the grill here on our land that it's ours and you're in our way.
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we just think the good neighbor program was something that was somewhat elementary interest respect because if you don't two things will happen first is the government will regulate and a lot of times regulated out of business and second is the mexico becomes an unfriendly business environment and oil and gas industries go elsewhere i don't think the state wants that the oil or gas industry doesn't want that we have a very large emphasis with our three hundred twenty five member companies about being a good made about talking to people about doing the things that you would do in your neighborhood with your next door neighbor. in the u.s. in the old forty eight on shore or bloomberg is cruel going on has driven a lot by technology or been a lot of technological advances was horizontal drilling with fracture stimulation
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one of the key elements to finding and getting the resource out of very tight sand or hard rock is a fracking process fracking is just a short word for fracturing hydraulic fracturing or fracking as it's commonly called this is drilling technique first commercialised by how the bird in one thousand nine hundred forty nine. comes in with very high powered water and sand and a slightly soapy mixture and all it does is it goes down and it just fractures little tiny fractures in the rock and then sand goes into those fractures and allows that gas to escape. and then the gas flows in to the pipe up to the surface and the people's homes. hydraulic fracturing is largely responsible for the domestic drilling boom because of its high cost it was not widely used until recently in the one nine hundred ninety s. when the price of natural gas shot up high enough to make it affordable this is
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here in the reserve it's here to see you colborne is one of the world's leading authorities on endor korean disrupting chemicals in the environment and their impact on humans here the threats are coming all the way which is thirty miles from here she has been studying the chemicals used by the industry for drilling and extraction and documenting their effects basically our first list of the chemicals that were being used was this very very sure and an interesting west that e.p.a. put together it certainly was uncovered had said we know we found out very rapidly but it was no small list they don't tell you everything that's in a product you may only get five percent of what's in that product and the rest of it is for private carrier they just don't get it they don't have to. all and gas deposits below ground contain toxic compounds that are brought to the surface
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during drilling these compounds pollute the environment and can cause health problems but the impacts of drilling are made even worse by the chemical products that are injected during the process dr colborne has documented over two hundred products used in colorado drilling over ninety percent contained chemicals with adverse health effects. there is not only prove that there is anything harmful in the fracking fluids that are used to fracture the wells and are fluids are not talks are going away with a lot of it as well. mis understanding of what is actually in the fluids i have fracking fluid taken right out of a tracking truck in my office i've had it in my mouth it tasted it and i'm just like for people who are telling you that these products are safe first ask them what they have been trained did to find out who's paying their salary and third
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actually hand vam a real class full of something that you have taken from in about forty five and ask them to treat you. i think it's as simple as people understand it we live handle all that also so why would we mess in earnest. but. he and harold hofmeister live across the road from the belle farm surrounded by an ever increasing number of natural gas wells where and dad actually sleeping and. we heard this pop and then our son called he said that the well is on fire and my husband wanted to try to go outside and it was too hot on the deck so he couldn't remove it was blowing right out waves are all and then the fire trucks came but
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they weighted way down because there was nothing they could do a proper way from or through the. owner of the. so i think they were there basically for how ins and if they caught fire is something you know one of our structures. and just real accidents and spills are common in these communities between two thousand and three and two thousand and eight it is estimated that there were one thousand four hundred and thirty five spills in colorado. nearly a quarter of these spills are believed to have contaminated either ground or surface water in stage every time we do this why that's why we see this when you see it was a good thing not because you know. a little farther down dry hollow road is the divide creek. ok here we go that's where lisa bracken and her family live.
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this is that was first discovered. who got a call one day april first from a neighbor steve thompson and said you know i found some stuff down here on my place it doesn't look right. they did come look at it and he said this is not normal see all involve a man water or a pair of pliers little first your own body. if that's all there are from. both those in our properties there was a the evidence of bubbling in the current we don't know what it was it looked like a pepsi can there was just an eruption of bubbles fizzing all over the place in the reeds in the water in an effort to convince authorities that the bubbling was not occurring naturally lisa and her family demonstrated that the gas would ignite. our. water samples taken from the grown water in the divide creeks
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e bay area showed levels of the carcinogen benzene forty eight times government standards gas was released into the creek for fifty five days before the well believed to have caused the seep was received old after they were mediated the well evidence of the sea largely disappeared here it went away and pepys place on leggers it diminished significantly and there's still some evidence of it there but it's the only lingering presence. to this day gas continues to bubble up at the seams main exit point on pepe langer's land. so what they're trying to do is contain everything they come from in a four way in a certain area here if they're still friends in to lynn and nobody knows how long it's going to vary or if ever. well really you know everything is going to be figured out. according to
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a statement provided by the encounter corporation nothing there and kana did was out of compliance with the regulations in place at that time extensive monitoring following the incident indicates there was no contamination of residential water sources as a result of the sea and air convection system is in place to remove benzene from the groundwater in the plume area spills and groundwater contamination can occur anywhere there is drilling industry representatives often try to downplay their environmental impact this is called matters so coloradans through with you we'll with gas we'll see trilling is making the series spike in oil and gas drilling in colorado is heading that we give senators information about your people truly off your health. question.